Events in History in 1983

Events 1 - 200 of 444

  • Jan 1 World Communications Year begins
  • Jan 1 TCP/IP protocols become the only approved protocol on the ARPANET, replacing the earlier NCP protocol
  • Jan 2 Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
  • Jan 2 Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
  • Jan 2 Several African National Congress (ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.
  • Jan 4 US Football League holds its 1st player draft
  • Jan 7 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England

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Jan 9 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • Jan 12 Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 15 Dutch political party DS'70 disbands
  • Jan 15 Javed Miandad & Mudassar Nazar make 451 stand v India
  • Jan 15 Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours

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Jan 17 Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a record 4th time

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Jan 17 Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians
  • Jan 19 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, arrested in Bolivia

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 20 American gangster Roy DeMeo is found murdered in his car trunk after disappearing a few days earlier

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • Jan 21 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Anthony E Hecht
  • Jan 22 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 22 seconds
  • Jan 23 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $14,700,000
  • Jan 23 Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
  • Jan 23 Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:40.97)

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Jan 24 Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Jan 25 China's supreme court commutes Chiang Ch'ing's death sentence to life
  • Jan 25 Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit
  • Jan 25 Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia
  • Jan 26 Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from Calif
  • Jan 27 World's longest underwater tunnel (53.90 km) opens, Honshu-Hokkaid
  • Jan 31 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts
  • Feb 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 2 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested

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Feb 2 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • Feb 4 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Feb 5 Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie brought to trial
  • Feb 6 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • Feb 7 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • Feb 7 "José Cuervo" single released by Shelly West (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • Feb 8 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
  • Feb 8 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • Feb 8 Ariel Sharon resigns from Israeli government after an inquiry shows he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982
  • Feb 8 A prize stallion and Derby winner is kidnapped; a nationwide hunt begins the following day
  • Feb 9 Belgium buys 44 F-16s
  • Feb 10 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • Feb 11 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
  • Feb 11 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
  • Feb 16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
  • Feb 17 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
  • Feb 17 Netherlands adopts constitution
  • Feb 17 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 18 33rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Ascendancy" and "The Beehive" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 19 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million
  • Feb 20 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
  • Feb 22 Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary
  • Feb 22 Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India
  • Feb 23 USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
  • Feb 23 The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
  • Feb 23 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • Feb 24 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • Feb 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Feb 24 A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • Feb 26 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • Feb 27 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
  • Mar 1 Tamara McKinney becomes 1st US woman skier to win the World Cup
  • Mar 1 Tornado tears through Los Angeles, injuring 33 people
  • Mar 2 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • Mar 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Mar 4 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 6 Helmut Kohl's CDU/CSU wins West German parliament elections

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Mar 6 New Bedford, Mass, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • Mar 6 US Football League begins its 1st season
  • Mar 7 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • Mar 8 House Foreign Affairs Com endorses nuclear weapons freeze with USSR
  • Mar 8 IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
  • Mar 9 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • Mar 9 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • Mar 11 Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova & Vasiliev (URS)
  • Mar 11 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
  • Mar 12 Don Ritchie runs world record 50 mile (4:51:49)
  • Mar 13 1st USFL overtime game-Birmingham Stallions beat Oakld Invaders 20-14
  • Mar 14 OPEC cut oil prices for 1st time in 23 years
  • Mar 16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
  • Mar 21 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
  • Mar 22 Chaim Herzog elected Israeli president
  • Mar 25 Christa Rothenburger skates world record 500 m ladies (39.69 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Pegov skates world record 1000m (1:12.58)
  • Mar 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Mar 27 Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) begins trading in crude oil future
  • Mar 31 Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
  • Mar 31 Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 Anti-nuclear demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
  • Apr 1 Iraq increases missile attacks on Iran
  • Apr 4 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
  • Apr 5 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • Apr 7 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • Apr 7 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • Apr 7 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event

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Apr 8 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • Apr 9 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
  • Apr 10 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • Apr 10 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • Apr 11 NASA launches RCA-F
  • Apr 11 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • Apr 12 Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • Apr 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • Apr 17 1st National Coin Week begins
  • Apr 17 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
  • Apr 17 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
  • Apr 18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • Apr 18 KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)

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Apr 18 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Alice Walker for "The Color Purple"

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
  • Apr 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock
  • Apr 20 Soyuz T-8 is launched (lands 2 days later)
  • Apr 21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • Apr 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 22 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
  • Apr 22 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
  • Apr 24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • Apr 25 "Nightline" expands from ½ hour to a full hour
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 25 Portugal's Mário Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

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Apr 25 Yuri Andropov invites US schoolgirl Samantha Smith to the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Apr 25 NASA space probe Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
  • Apr 26 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
  • Apr 28 Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead
  • Apr 28 NASA launches Geos-F
  • Apr 29 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor
  • May 2 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif
  • May 3 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
  • May 3 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
  • May 4 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 7 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • May 10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • May 11 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • May 14 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • May 15 Madison Hotel (Boston) destroyed by implosion
  • May 16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • May 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • May 17 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • May 18 Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program
  • May 19 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506
  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • May 21 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
  • May 23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • May 24 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
  • May 24 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students
  • May 25 1st US National Missing Children's Day is proclaimed
  • May 25 Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, kills 357
  • May 25 France performs nuclear test
  • May 26 Space Shuttle Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7
  • May 26 NASA launches Exosat
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 27 Former EPA official Rita Lavelle indicted for contempt of Congress
  • May 30 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever
  • Jun 2 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
  • Jun 6 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland
  • Jun 6 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 4th time

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Jun 6 Li Xiannian becomes pres/Deng Xiaoping supreme commander of People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jun 6 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • Jun 8 Marlies Gohr runs female European record 100m (10.81)
  • Jun 9 56th National Spelling Bee: Blake Giddens wins spelling purim
  • Jun 9 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election
  • Jun 11 "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
  • Jun 11 "Cool Places" by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin peaks at #49
  • Jun 11 "Faithfully" by Journey peaks at #12
  • Jun 11 "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
  • Jun 11 "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61
  • Jun 11 Don Genalo needs just 3 of 5 pins to win Southern California Open bowling tournament, miscalculates his score & intentionally gutters his ball
  • Jun 12 Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth
  • Jun 13 NASA's Pioneer 10 becomes the 1st man-made object to leave the solar system
  • Jun 14 5 killed in a fire at a Ramada Inn in Fort Worth, Tx
  • Jun 15 Supreme Court struck down state & local restrictions on abortion
  • Jun 16 European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10
  • Jun 16 Pope John Paul II visits Poland
  • Jun 16 Ringo releases "Old Wave" album in West Germany
  • Jun 16 General Secretary Yuri Andropov appointed President of the Soviet Union

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Jun 17 Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren exorcise a "werewolf demon" from Bill Ramsey, although the lack of photo or video evidence has called this claim into question

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren

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Jun 18 7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 launches Sally Ride as 1st US woman in space

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Jun 18 IRA's Joseph Doherty arrested in NYC
  • Jun 20 Iran moves into northern Iraq (casualties top 13,800 in ten days)
  • Jun 21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 22 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle
  • Jun 23 Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court ruled Congress could not veto presidential decisions

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 23 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 24 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Jun 26 "Loving" premieres on TV
  • Jun 27 Highest price paid for painting by a living artist 960,200 pounds - Miro